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June 3, 2024

10:59 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/uganda-primate-safari-september-2023-a-journey-into-the-wild

Uganda Primate Safari – September 2023:
A Journey into the Wild

Uganda
September 26 to October 6, 2023

Embark on a Journey of Discovery and Conservation

Welcome aboard for this detailed account of our spectacular May and June 2023 Galápagos Islands voyages. Each journey, unique in its encounters and experiences, offered our adventurers unparalleled insights into the rich biodiversity and dynamic ecosystems of this volcanic archipelago. From up close wildlife interactions to dramatic volcanic landscapes, these trips encapsulated the essence of exploration and discovery.

May 6 to 24, 2023 Trip

Day 1 – Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Our travelers were warmly welcomed upon arrival in Quito by our local representatives. After settling into the hotel, they had the evening to relax and prepare for the adventure that lay ahead.

Day 2 – From the Andes to the Cloud Forest

The day began with a scenic early morning drive to Yanacocha Reserve, known for its rich birdlife. After a wonderful breakfast, the group made their way along the vibrant Old Nono-Mindo Ecoroute. The highlight was witnessing the colorful displays at the Andean cock-of-the-rock lek.

Day 3 – Birdwatching Extravaganza

The morning was dedicated to bird watching around Bellavista, where numerous hummingbirds and other colorful species were observed. After a relaxing lunch the group returned to Quito to prepare for their early flight to the Galapagos.

“Juan led the trip beautifully, providing many activity options for every day. Snorkeling, hiking, Zodiac and ship cruising, and kayaking all offered at the most strategic time of the day.” -Debbie Thompson

Day 4 – Arrival in the Galápagos

Excitement builds as everyone arrives in the Enchanted Islands and settles in on board the Samba. No time is wasted and the group has their first landing on the pristine Mosquera Islet, enjoying their first encounters with sea lions and sally lightfoot crabs on sandy beaches. The day ends as they cruise towards Genovesa Island.

Day 5 to Day 17 – Galápagos Archipelago Exploration

The voyage made landings at various islands including the wildlife-rich shores of Isla Fernandina, the historic sites of Isla Floreana, the picturesque Isla Santiago, and many others. Each location offered unique experiences from snorkeling in biodiverse waters to observing rare bird species during walks onshore or while kayaking along the coastline.

“The snorkeling on this trip blew my mind.” -Steve Thompson

“Encounters with wildlife both on land and in sea, opportunities for fantastic pictures.” -Donna Fernandez

Tour Group© Steve Thompson
Tour Group
© Steve Thompson

Day 18 – Departure from Galápagos

A final exploration of Isla Seymour Norte allowed for unforgettable encounters with nesting birds and frigatebirds displaying their red throat pouches. The afternoon was spent traveling back to Quito.

“We learned so much about the Galapagos – it was like taking a condensed course at a university. Juan knows so much about the wildlife, plants, geology, and ecology of the islands, and explained it all so well.” -Debbie Thompson

Day 19 – Homeward Bound

After a final night in Quito, our guests departed for home, carrying with them memories of a lifetime.

Videos From The Trip

Check out these awesome videos from the trip! If you’re interested in seeing more videos from this particular trip in the Galapagos, check out the playlist specifically dedicated to that trip below!

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Playlist: Galapagos Islands – May 6 to 24, 2023

June 3 to 21, 2023 Trip

Day 1 – Arrival and Welcome in Quito

Similar to the May group, travelers arrived in Quito and were greeted by our team. The evening offered a chance to unwind and anticipate the exciting days ahead.

Day 2 to Day 3 – From Andes to Bird Sanctuaries

The journey starts with a trip from Quito descending into the lush cloud forests. Highlights include the vibrant Yanacocha Reserve and the Old Nono-Mindo Ecoroute, culminating in a visit to the Andean cock-of-the-rock lek, where the colorful mating displays are a sight to behold. The next morning was focused on bird and nature walks around Bellavista lodge before enjoying an Ecuadorian lunch. From there the group returned to Qutio to prepare for their flight to the Islands.

Day 4 – Embarking on the Galápagos Adventure

After early morning travels, the group is happy to touch down in the Galapagos and set sail.

Day 5 – Exploring Isla Genovesa

The first full day in the islands is spent at Isla Genovesa, entering the caldera of Darwin Bay and ascending Prince Philip’s Steps to find thriving colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, along with the elusive short-eared owl.

“Our Naturalist, Juan, is what made the trip so good. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and engagement with the environment were outstanding. I can imagine a trip without this knowledge and experience being far less compelling.” -Deanna Marsh

Day 6 – Snorkeling at Isla Marchena

Isla Marchena offers snorkeling in crystal-clear waters among tropical fish, rays, and coral formations—a rare experience in the Galápagos, enhanced by the potential sighting of whales in one of the region’s most cetacean-rich areas.

Dolphins© Chris Desborough
Dolphins
© Chris Desborough

Day 7 & 8 – Isla Isabela’s Riches

The journey continues with stops at Punta Albermarle and Punta Vicente Roca on Isla Isabela, featuring interactions with flightless cormorants and other marine life. A visit to Fernandina showcases vast colonies of marine iguanas and other endemic species in pristine settings.

“This trip was amazing, primarily due to the expertise and tireless efforts of Juan. He was backed up by proficient and professional crew. ” -Franc Gorenc

The Samba © Jonathan Mash
The Samba
© Jonathan Mash
Marine Iguanas© Chris Desborough
Marine Iguanas
© Chris Desborough

Day 9 – Mangrove Cruising at Isla Isabela

Elizabeth Bay’s mangroves offer serene encounters with penguins and playful sea lions, while Punta Moreno provides stark volcanic landscapes with life-sustaining lagoons scattered about.

Day 10 – History and Snorkeling at Isla Floreana

Visitors explore the human history and natural beauty of Floreana, including a visit to the Post Office Bay and snorkeling at Devil’s Crown.

Day 11 – Endemic Wildlife at Isla Santa Cruz

The day begins in Santa Cruz’s highlands, searching for island endemics in the lush Scalesia forest and viewing giant tortoises, followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts.

Day 12 – Birdwatching at Isla Española

A morning at Punta Suárez offers encounters with the famed waved albatross and other seabirds, while the afternoon relaxes at the stunning Gardner Bay, known for its friendly sea lions and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 13 – Geological Wonders of Isla San Cristóbal

Adventures at Punta Pitt and Isla Lobos feature diverse geological formations and vibrant marine life, perfect for hiking and snorkeling.

Day 14 – The Biodiversity of Santa Fé and South Plaza

Visits to Santa Fé and South Plaza highlight the adaptive prowess of island species, from land iguanas to cactus finches, set against a backdrop of dramatic landscapes.

Day 15 – Iconic Scenes at Sombrero Chino and Isla Bartolomé

The surreal landscapes of Sombrero Chino Islet and the iconic Pinnacle Rock at Bartolomé provide unforgettable vistas, concluding with snorkeling among penguins and tropical fish.

Day 16 – Farewell to the Islands

The final days are spent visiting the rich environments of Santiago and Rábida, offering last moments with the archipelago’s varied wildlife and landscapes before the return to Quito.

Day 17 – Last Impressions and Departure

The last morning in the Galapagos was spent at Isla Seymour Norte, engaging with the diverse birdlife and marine iguanas before returning to Quito.

“It was an absolutely fantastic trip and without a doubt one of the best I have ever been on. Juan and the crew were excellent. Juan’s knowledge is incredible, and the four excursions per day were tremendous and also kept off any potential for weight gain even with the masses of excellent food we were continually served lol. I cannot say enough about how fantastic a trip this was.” -Chris Desborough

Day 18 – Return Journey

With spirits high and cameras full, the travelers made their way back home, enriched by the extraordinary natural wonders of the Galápagos.

Looking Ahead: May and June 2025 Galapagos Islands Trips

Feeling inspired to see the Enchanted Isles? Visit our website to learn more about how you can join one of our future voyages and experience the magic of the Galápagos Islands firsthand.

Book your choice of Galapagos trip in 2025!

Whether you’re a photography enthusiast aiming to capture the vibrant wildlife and unique landscapes of the islands, a nature lover intrigued by the diverse ecosystems of the Galápagos, or an adventurer eager to explore one of the most extraordinary biodiversity hotspots on the planet, our Galápagos expedition offers an unmatched experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this remarkable adventure. Join us as we voyage to the enchanted Galápagos Islands and experience the wonder of this unrivaled natural paradise together.

Join the Adventure:
Book Now for 2025



May 1, 2024

9:12 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/discovering-paradise-a-journey-through-the-enchanted-galapagos-islands

Discovering Paradise:
A Journey Through the Enchanted Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands
May 6 to 24, 2023 | June 3 to 21, 2023

Discovering Paradise:
A Journey Through the Enchanted Galápagos Islands

Welcome aboard for this detailed account of our spectacular May and June 2023 Galápagos Islands voyages. Each journey, unique in its encounters and experiences, offered our adventurers unparalleled insights into the rich biodiversity and dynamic ecosystems of this volcanic archipelago. From up close wildlife interactions to dramatic volcanic landscapes, these trips encapsulated the essence of exploration and discovery.

May 6 to 24, 2023 Trip

Day 1 – Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Our travelers were warmly welcomed upon arrival in Quito by our local representatives. After settling into the hotel, they had the evening to relax and prepare for the adventure that lay ahead.

Day 2 – From the Andes to the Cloud Forest

The day began with a scenic early morning drive to Yanacocha Reserve, known for its rich birdlife. After a wonderful breakfast, the group made their way along the vibrant Old Nono-Mindo Ecoroute. The highlight was witnessing the colorful displays at the Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek.

Day 3 – Birdwatching Extravaganza

The morning was dedicated to bird watching around Bellavista, where numerous hummingbirds and other colorful species were observed. After a relaxing lunch the group returned to Quito to prepare for their early flight to the Galápagos.

“Juan led the trip beautifully, providing many activity options for every day. Snorkeling, hiking, Zodiac and ship cruising, and kayaking all offered at the most strategic time of the day.” -Debbie Thompson

Day 4 – Arrival in the Galápagos

Excitement builds as everyone arrives in the Enchanted Islands and settles in on board the Samba. No time is wasted and the group has their first landing on the pristine Mosquera Islet, enjoying their first encounters with sea lions and sally lightfoot crabs on sandy beaches. The day ends as they cruise towards Genovesa Island.

Day 5 to Day 17 – Galápagos Archipelago Exploration

The voyage made landings at various islands including the wildlife-rich shores of Isla Fernandina, the historic sites of Isla Floreana, the picturesque Isla Santiago, and many others. Each location offered unique experiences from snorkeling in biodiverse waters to observing rare bird species during walks onshore or while kayaking along the coastline.

“The snorkeling on this trip blew my mind.” -Steve Thompson

“Encounters with wildlife both on land and in sea, opportunities for fantastic pictures.” -Donna Fernandez

Tour Group© Steve Thompson
Tour Group
© Steve Thompson

Day 18 – Departure from Galápagos

A final exploration of Isla Seymour Norte allowed for unforgettable encounters with nesting birds and Frigatebirds displaying their red throat pouches. The afternoon was spent traveling back to Quito.

“We learned so much about the Galápagos – it was like taking a condensed course at a university. Juan knows so much about the wildlife, plants, geology, and ecology of the islands, and explained it all so well.” -Debbie Thompson

Day 19 – Homeward Bound

After a final night in Quito, our guests departed for home, carrying with them memories of a lifetime.

Videos From The Trip

Check out these awesome videos from the trip! If you would like to see more videos from our May 2023 Galápagos voyage, check out the specified video playlist linked below!

Be sure to subscribe, like, and comment on our videos to follow our trips and tell us what you think!


Playlist: Galápagos Islands – May 6 to 24, 2023

June 3 to 21, 2023 Trip

Day 1 – Arrival and Welcome in Quito

Similar to the May group, travelers arrived in Quito and were greeted by our team. The evening offered a chance to unwind and anticipate the exciting days ahead.

Day 2 to Day 3 – From Andes to Bird Sanctuaries

The journey starts with a trip from Quito descending into the lush cloud forests. Highlights include the vibrant Yanacocha Reserve and the Old Nono-Mindo Ecoroute, culminating in a visit to the Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek, where the colorful mating displays are a sight to behold. The next morning was focused on bird and nature walks around Bellavista lodge before enjoying an Ecuadorian lunch. From there the group returned to Qutio to prepare for their flight to the Islands.

Day 4 – Embarking on the Galápagos Adventure

After early morning travels, the group is happy to touch down in the Galápagos and set sail.

Day 5 – Exploring Isla Genovesa

The first full day in the islands is spent at Isla Genovesa, entering the caldera of Darwin Bay and ascending Prince Philip’s Steps to find thriving colonies of red-footed and Nazca Boobies, along with the elusive Short-eared Owl.

“Our Naturalist, Juan, is what made the trip so good. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and engagement with the environment were outstanding. I can imagine a trip without this knowledge and experience being far less compelling.” -Deanna Marsh

Day 6 – Snorkeling at Isla Marchena

Isla Marchena offers snorkeling in crystal-clear waters among tropical fish, rays, and coral formations—a rare experience in the Galápagos, enhanced by the potential sighting of whales in one of the region’s most cetacean-rich areas.

Dolphins© Chris Desborough
Dolphins
© Chris Desborough

Day 7 & 8 – Isla Isabela’s Riches

The journey continues with stops at Punta Albermarle and Punta Vicente Roca on Isla Isabela, featuring interactions with Flightless Cormorants and other marine life. A visit to Fernandina showcases vast colonies of marine iguanas and other endemic species in pristine settings.

“This trip was amazing, primarily due to the expertise and tireless efforts of Juan. He was backed up by proficient and professional crew. ” -Franc Gorenc

The Samba © Jonathan Mash
The Samba
© Jonathan Mash
Marine Iguanas© Chris Desborough
Marine Iguanas
© Chris Desborough

Day 9 – Mangrove Cruising at Isla Isabela

Elizabeth Bay’s mangroves offer serene encounters with penguins and playful sea lions, while Punta Moreno provides stark volcanic landscapes with life-sustaining lagoons scattered about.

Day 10 – History and Snorkeling at Isla Floreana

Visitors explore the human history of the island with a stop at Baroness Lookout and then enjoy a fun snorkel at the Devil’s Crown. 

Day 11 – Endemic Wildlife at Isla Santa Cruz

The day begins in Santa Cruz’s highlands, searching for island endemics in the lush Scalesia forest and viewing giant tortoises, followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts.

Day 12 – Return to Floreana

The group returns to Floreana to partake in the tradition of Post Office Bay and a walk to Punta Cormorant, stopping along the way to watch the Flamingos in the estuary.

Day 13 – Birdwatching at Isla Española

The group explored the remarkable Punta Suárez on Isla Española, a wildlife haven in the Galápagos Islands. They observed a plethora of breeding birds, including the majority of the world’s Waved Albatross population, witnessing unforgettable courting rituals. The group also encountered Española Mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Galápagos Hawks, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and Galápagos sea lions. The breathtaking seascapes, highlighted by a blowhole spouting water up to 75 feet high, captivated everyone. The afternoon at Gardner Bay offered pristine beaches for snorkeling and relaxation, rounding out a day rich in biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

Day 14 – Geological Wonders of Isla San Cristóbal

Adventures at Punta Pitt and Isla Lobos feature diverse geological formations and vibrant marine life, perfect for hiking and snorkeling.

Day 15 – The Biodiversity of Santa Fé and South Plaza

Visits to Santa Fé and South Plaza highlight the adaptive prowess of island species, from land iguanas to Cactus Finches, set against a backdrop of dramatic landscapes.

Day 16 – Iconic Scenes at Sombrero Chino and Isla Bartolomé

The surreal landscapes of Sombrero Chino Islet and the iconic Pinnacle Rock at Bartolomé provide unforgettable vistas, concluding with snorkeling among penguins and tropical fish.

Day 17 – Last Impressions of the Islands

The final days are spent visiting the rich environments of Santiago and Rábida, offering last moments with the archipelago’s varied wildlife and landscapes before the return to Quito.

Day 18 – Farewell and Departure

The last morning in the Galápagos was spent at Isla Seymour Norte, engaging with the diverse birdlife and marine iguanas before returning to Quito.

“It was an absolutely fantastic trip and without a doubt one of the best I have ever been on. Juan and the crew were excellent. Juan’s knowledge is incredible, and the four excursions per day were tremendous and also kept off any potential for weight gain even with the masses of excellent food we were continually served lol. I cannot say enough about how fantastic a trip this was.” -Chris Desborough

Day 19 – Journey Home

With spirits high and cameras full, the travelers made their way back home, enriched by the extraordinary natural wonders of the Galápagos.

Looking Ahead: May and June 2025 Galápagos Islands Trips

Feeling inspired to see the Enchanted Isles? Visit our website to learn more about how you can join one of our future voyages and experience the magic of the Galápagos Islands firsthand.

Book your choice of Galápagos trip in 2025!

Whether you’re a photography enthusiast aiming to capture the vibrant wildlife and unique landscapes of the islands, a nature lover intrigued by the diverse ecosystems of the Galápagos, or an adventurer eager to explore one of the most extraordinary biodiversity hotspots on the planet, our Galápagos expedition offers an unmatched experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this remarkable adventure. Join us as we voyage to the enchanted Galápagos Islands and experience the wonder of this unrivaled natural paradise together.

Join the Adventure:
Book Now for 2025



April 15, 2024

5:45 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/svalbard-islands-a-polar-expedition-like-no-other

Svalbard Islands:
A Polar Expedition Like No Other

Svalbard
June 29 to July 12, 2023 | July 9 to 22, 2023

Svalbard Islands:
A Polar Expedition Like No Other

From June 29 to July 12, 2023 and July 9 to 22, 2023, two groups of Cheesemans’ Ecology travelers embarked on expeditions to become Arctic explorers of the Svalbard Archipelago. Nestled between Norway and the North Pole, this pristine wilderness served as our playground for two weeks at a time under the enchanting glow of the midnight sun. Join us as we recount the highlights and unforgettable experiences of our Arctic journey in the realm of the polar bear, complete with testimonials from our travelers that bring the adventure and unforgettable wildlife encounters vividly to life.

Day 1 – Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Our adventure began in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on the Svalbard Archipelago. This quaint Scandinavian town, set against the stark beauty of the Arctic, welcomes with its unique charm and the day was spent exploring local attractions, last minute shopping, and soaking in the breathtaking landscapes that beckoned our further exploration by ship the next two weeks.

Day 2 – Embarking on Our Arctic Voyage

Embarkation day! We boarded our vessel, set to navigate through the icy realms of the Arctic. The excitement was palpable as we embarked from Longyearbyen, ready to explore the vast fjords and rugged wilderness awaiting us.

“It was a trip of a lifetime! This is my third and best Cheesemans’ trip. I didn’t think Antarctica could be topped but this was even better, probably because of the smaller group of travelers. We had nice cabins, a great crew, and two knowledgeable, friendly and fun guides. Most days were sunny. Wildlife was plentiful and the scenery was breathtaking. -Lynn DuPratt

“We experienced everything we hoped to with the added benefit of Cheesemans’ expert guides.” -Lori & Richard Rothstein

Days 3-9 – Highlights of the Expedition

Throughout our voyage, we immersed ourselves in the unparalleled beauty of the Svalbard Archipelago. Here are a few standout moments:

Wildlife Encounters: Our primary goal was to spot the mythical polar bear in its natural habitat. With 24 hours of daylight, each day offered endless opportunities to witness these majestic creatures, as well as other iconic Arctic wildlife like walruses and various whale species.

Zodiac Cruises: Small, agile Zodiac boats allowed us to approach the base of massive glaciers and navigate close to the nesting sites of seabird colonies. These excursions provided us with up-close experiences of the archipelago’s rich birdlife and stunning ice formations.

Photography Workshops: Under the guidance of Scott Davis, our group enhanced their photography skills, capturing the ethereal beauty of the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants. These workshops were a highlight for many, offering professional tips and techniques for wildlife and landscape photography.

Exploring Remote Inlets: The flexibility of our small group and the maneuverability of our ship allowed us to enter narrow inlets and straits, exploring areas that larger vessels could not reach. This access to untouched parts of the archipelago made our expedition truly special.

“Close interactions with polar bears, arctic foxes, and ice cruising were among the most unforgettable experiences.” -James Horsch

“Following an arctic fox along the shore for some 45 minutes was an absolute thrill.” -Stephen Tauber

Day 10 – Disembarkation and Reflections

As our journey neared its end, we disembarked in Longyearbyen. The last day was spent reflecting on our experiences and sharing stories of the incredible sights and encounters. The sense of camaraderie among the group was strong, forged through shared adventure and awe-inspiring moments.

“First rate from the office (Lauren), to our guides, to the crew aboard the ship. A seamless and wonderful experience from start to finish.” -Tom & Lindsay Bell

“You have great guides…  and small trip experience is priceless” -Mary Ann Fernandez and Richard Pierce

“Magnificently operated; great ship crew; congenial group that was a pleasure to travel with. Great attention to detail, superb leadership.” -Stephen Tauber

“Your scale is too small. This trip was WAY more than ‘very good.’ In fact this was the most remarkable trip experience of my life!!” -Robyn Carmel

“Traveling with Cheesemans’ means you’ll have access to remote and incredible places with the added comfort of being in expert hands.” -Lori & Richard Rothstein

Looking Ahead: July 2025 Svalbard Expedition

Inspired by the success of our 2023 expedition, we are excited to announce our next journey to the Svalbard Islands in July 2025. This upcoming trip promises more breathtaking encounters with Arctic wildlife, stunning landscapes, and the serene beauty of the polar night.

Sign up now to secure your spot for an unforgettable Arctic adventure in 2025!

Whether you’re a photography enthusiast eager to capture the stark beauty of the ice, a wildlife lover fascinated by Arctic fauna, or an adventurer seeking to explore one of the planet’s most pristine environments, the Svalbard expedition offers an unrivaled experience.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary adventure. Join us as we return to the realm of the polar bear and experience the magic of the Arctic together.

Book Your Journey for July 2025!

Join the Adventure:
Book Now for 2025



March 26, 2024

9:13 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/a-himalayan-odyssey-2023

A Himalayan Odyssey:
Exploring Nepal’s Natural Beauty

Nepal
March 4 to 22, 2023

A Himalayan Odyssey:
Exploring Nepal’s Natural Beauty

Nepal, a land of stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity, offers travelers a unique blend of experiences that can be truly transformative. One exceptional way to explore this enchanting destination is by embarking on a journey with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. In this blog post, we’ll take you on an adventure through the Himalayas, sharing an exciting itinerary and real traveler reviews that paint a vivid picture of what awaits you in Nepal.

March 6: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, travelers were warmly greeted and transferred to their hotel, marking the commencement of their adventure in Nepal. The bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere immediately immersed them in the charm of the city. As they journeyed from the airport to their accommodations, they were captivated by the diverse heritage and energy of Kathmandu. This warm welcome set the stage for an unforgettable exploration of Nepal’s rich culture and landscapes.

March 7: Cultural Highlights of Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, travelers met with their trip leader, Tashi, for trip introductions and a briefing before embarking on a full-day city tour. Highlights included visits to the iconic Boudhanath Stupa, the revered Pashupatinath Temple, and the scenic Monkey Temple. The afternoon was dedicated to exploring the charming old city of Patan, immersing travelers in the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu Valley.

“The range and diversity of activities on this trip were amazing and a highlight.” -Stephen Martin

March 9–11: Wildlife Exploration in Bardia National Park

For three full days, travelers experienced the natural wonders of Bardia National Park, a sprawling expanse nestled within the lowland Terai region of Nepal. Their adventure began with immersive jeep safaris, each day promising new encounters and breathtaking scenery.

Traversing through vast grasslands, dense woodlands, and along serene riverbanks, travelers found themselves deep in the diverse habitats that make Bardia National Park a haven for wildlife. With every turn of the jeep, they were greeted by the sights and sounds of nature’s bounty

Among the highlights were sightings of majestic tigers prowling through the tall grass, graceful deer darting through the trees, and playful langurs swinging from branch to branch overhead. The park’s vibrant birdlife added to the spectacle, with colorful plumage and melodious calls filling the air.

As they ventured deeper into the heart of the park, travelers were captivated by the sheer diversity of species that call Bardia home. From elusive predators to delicate butterflies, each encounter served as a reminder of the park’s vital role in preserving Nepal’s rich biodiversity.

Throughout their safari experience, travelers were treated to unforgettable moments of connection with the natural world, fostering a deep appreciation for the wonders of Bardia National Park and the importance of conservation efforts in preserving its precious ecosystems.

March 13–14: Exploring Chitwan National Park

Over the course of two days, travelers delved into the captivating landscapes of Chitwan National Park, a sanctuary teeming with life and natural beauty. Nestled amidst the verdant surroundings of Nepal’s Terai region, the park beckoned with promises of thrilling wildlife encounters and unforgettable adventures.

Venturing into the heart of Chitwan, travelers found themselves immersed in a mosaic of habitats, from the meandering rivers and lush grasslands to the dense sal forests that cloak the landscape. Each corner of the park revealed a new facet of its rich biodiversity, offering glimpses into the lives of its diverse inhabitants.

Amidst the tranquil waters of the Narayani River, travelers embarked on serene boat rides that provided unique perspectives of the park’s vibrant ecosystem. Drifting along the river’s gentle currents, they marveled at the sight of majestic Indian elephants bathing on the riverbanks, while crocodiles lurked stealthily in the shallows, and colorful bird species flitted overhead.

On land, guided walks through the park’s grasslands and forests offered opportunities to encounter Chitwan’s most iconic residents, the lumbering Indian rhinoceroses as well as a myriad of bird species that filled the air with their melodious calls.

As the sun dipped below the horizon casting a golden hue over the landscape, travelers found themselves filled with a sense of awe and wonder at the sheer beauty that surrounded them in Chitwan National Park. While young locals performed their traditional dance, our travelers were reminded of the importance of preserving this natural treasure for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

“Tashi is a great leader. He is constantly monitoring everything and everyone.” -Karen Backer

Wild Elephants © Patti Collins
Wild Elephants
© Patti Collins
Tiger © Fay Evans-Martin
Tiger
© Fay Evans-Martin

March 15: Trekking Adventure to Majgaon

Embarking on a trekking adventure, travelers flew to Pokhara before ascending to Majgaon at 4,600 feet. Along the way, they were treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and encountered diverse bird species amidst picturesque landscapes. Each step revealed the beauty of the Himalayas and fostered bonds among fellow adventurers, leaving lasting memories of nature’s grandeur.

March 16: Trek to Landruk

Continuing their trek through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas, travelers reached the charming village of Landruk, a hidden gem nestled amidst the towering peaks. As they wandered through the narrow streets lined with traditional stone houses, adorned with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, they couldn’t help but be enchanted by the serene beauty of their surroundings. Interactions with the friendly locals provided insight into the daily lives and cultural traditions of the community, enriching their journey with a deeper understanding of the region’s heritage.

In Landruk, travelers were treated to unparalleled views of the Annapurna range, its majestic peaks casting long shadows over the picturesque landscape. Against this backdrop of natural splendor, they savored moments of tranquility and reflection, grateful for the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless beauty of the Himalayas. As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, travelers found themselves filled with a sense of peace and contentment, knowing that their adventure in Landruk had left an indelible mark on their hearts and souls.

Group Pic at Landruk © Uknown
Group Pic at Landruk
© Patti Collins with help from local guide staff

March 17: Trek to Ghandruk

On the final day of their trek, travelers reached the charming village of Ghandruk, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains. They wandered through the village’s winding streets admiring traditional stone houses and interacting with friendly locals. Amidst the tranquil setting, travelers embraced the rich heritage of Ghandruk as they toured a local museum highlighting the history of the town. One last evening with sunset views of Fishtail Mountain cemented memories that would last forever.

March 18: Return to Pokhara

Following a scenic drive to Pokhara, travelers leisurely strolled along the picturesque lakeside soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and taking in the serene beauty of the surroundings. Amidst the lush hotel gardens, travelers indulged in birdwatching, marveling at the colorful avian visitors that flitted among the trees. In these moments of relaxation and exploration, they found solace and rejuvenation, cherishing the simple joys of nature amidst the breathtaking scenery of Pokhara.

March 18: Peace Pagoda, Annapurna by Helicopter, and return to Kathmandu

Travelers embarked on a journey to the iconic Peace Pagoda at sunrise where they were greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. After breakfast, they experienced another trip highlight with a helicopter ride through the Annapurna region with a surprise landing at the base camp. The views were indescribable, and exhilaration was palpable as the travelers relived their experiences together as they headed back to Kathmandu.

March 20: Mount Everest Flight and Farewell Dinner

An early morning flight treated travelers to awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, as they soared above the clouds. Upon landing, they immersed themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Thamel City, exploring its bustling streets and vibrant markets. In the evening, travelers were treated to a special farewell dinner hosted by Tashi and Nima Tenzing, where they shared stories and laughter, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences throughout their journey. In this final celebration, amidst the backdrop of friendship and camaraderie, travelers bid farewell to Nepal, cherishing memories that would last a lifetime.

Mt. Everest Patti Collins

Reflections and Recommendations

As travelers reminisce on their unforgettable journey through Nepal, they are left with a multitude of favorite moments and comments to share with fellow adventurers:

“Trekking and our time in the lodges while trekking; helicopter and plane ride in the Himalayas.” -Nancy Frank

“Of course it was the totally unexpected helicopter ride and landing at Annapurna Base Camp!” -Karen Backer

“The range and diversity of activities on this trip were amazing and a highlight.” -Stephen Martin

“All schedule times and places were met. We were well taken care of.” -Lynn Watkins

Final Thoughts

As a glimpse into this special journey through Nepal draws to a close, readers are encouraged to reflect on the incredible experiences shared from the expedition. From the breathtaking views of the Himalayas to the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu, each moment has left an indelible mark on the travelers’ hearts.

For those who have been captivated by the stories and images of this adventure, there is an opportunity to embark on their own Himalayan odyssey. The company invites readers to consider joining the next expedition to Nepal in 2025. It’s a chance to immerse oneself in the beauty of the Himalayas, discover new cultures, and create unforgettable memories.

Don’t let the opportunity slip away. Book your 2025 Nepal trip now and begin your own journey of exploration and discovery amidst the majestic landscapes of Nepal.

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February 16, 2024

11:35 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/the-pantanal-chronicles

The Pantanal Chronicles:
A Recap of Our 2023 Adventure

Brazil
August 5 - 22, 2023

The Pantanal Chronicles: A Recap of Our 2023 Adventure & Looking Ahead to 2025

Dive into the heart of Brazil with us as we recount an unforgettable journey through the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland. This natural wonder served as the backdrop for an trip filled with wildlife marvels and unparalleled experiences. As we cherish these memories, we’re thrilled to announce our next adventure: “Brazil: Pantanal’s Big Five,” slated for August 9 to 26, 2025. Join us as we explore the enchanting landscapes and encounter Brazil’s iconic “Big Five.”

Unforgettable Highlights

  • River Safaris & Night Excursions: Our journey through the Pantanal was marked by thrilling river safaris along the Cuiabá River, offering close encounters with the elusive jaguar and vibrant birdlife. Night excursions revealed the nocturnal wonders of the wetlands, from ocelots to tapirs under the starlit sky.
  • Expert Guidance: Guided by Diogo, a renowned naturalist, our trip was enriched with in-depth insights into the Pantanal’s ecosystem. Diogo’s expertise and passion for conservation brought the wilderness to life, making every encounter more meaningful.
  • Wildlife Conservation Workshops: Emphasizing our commitment to the environment, the trip featured workshops on wildlife conservation. These sessions highlighted the importance of preserving the Pantanal’s biodiversity, engaging travelers in the global effort to protect these critical habitats.
Leopard© Noreen Rudd
Leopard
© Noreen Rudd

Nancy Frank: Encounters of a Lifetime

Nancy Frank’s 2023 Pantanal trip was a series of awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, guided by the incomparable expertise of Diogo. Witnessing the “Big Five” of Brazil in their natural habitat, Nancy’s journey was a testament to the vibrant life that thrives in the Pantanal. Her reflections underscore the invaluable role of conservation efforts discussed by Diogo, enhancing the trip’s impact beyond mere observation.

“The Pantanal is an amazing area! We were able to view all of the big 5–jaguar, ocelot, tapir, giant anteater, giant otter—many of them multiple times. We saw other wonderful animals and hundreds of beautiful birds. Diogo, our guide, was the best guide I’ve ever had on a trip!” -Nancy Frank

David Hoar: Insights and Wildlife Encounters

David Hoar’s Pantanal experience was a testament to the seamless organization of Cheesemans’ trips. He praised the trip’s structure and the remarkable knowledge of their guide, Diogo. David’s fascination with the “Big Five” was evident, with the jaguars and striking birds like Jabirus and Seriemas leaving an indelible mark on him.

“Learning how the whole process of introducing jaguars to people has evolved over time to become a reliable way of showing guests these amazing creatures. There is hope that other species will also develop tolerance and draw guests into their world in a meaningful way.” -David Hoar

Barred Antshrike
© Grace Chen

Noreen Rudd: In the Realm of Jaguars

Noreen Rudd’s Pantanal trip was a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true. Her experience, immersed in the natural habitat of jaguars, was profound and well-facilitated, showcasing the importance of skilled guidance in wildlife tours. Diogo’s expertise shone, particularly in his adept management of group dynamics, enhancing Noreen’s adventure and underscoring the worth of the journey from Canada. The pinnacle of her trip was the peaceful time spent with jaguars, a cherished encounter that resonated deeply with her passion for wildlife photography.

“A guide sets the tone for a trip such as this and Diogo is a very special guide. I wanted to see Jaguars in their natural habitat and he managed that very well.” -Noreen Rudd

Grace Chen: Pantanal’s Wildlife Embrace

Grace Chen’s Pantanal experience with Cheesemans’ was nothing short of extraordinary, painting her journey with strokes of vibrant wildlife encounters and educational richness. She praises the trip as one of the best, highlighting the abundant and colorful birds and the skilled guidance of Diogo, who she regards as exceptionally knowledgeable and adept at wildlife spotting. A treasured memory from her adventure was the entrancing sight of jaguars, offering a privileged look into their world. Her commendation of the accommodations at Caiman and the personalized service emphasizes the quality of the experience that awaits future travelers in our 2025 trip.

“The trips are educational. We spent the maximum time in the field and the guides know how to anticipate where the animals will be. Also the guide knows how to position the vehicles for optimum viewing.” -Grace Chen

Hyacinth Macaw
© Grace Chen

Join Us in 2025

As we look back on the success of our 2023 Pantanal trip, we extend an invitation to you for our 2025 adventure. Set to explore the vibrant ecosystems and encounter the “Big Five” of Brazil, this journey promises to be an extraordinary trip into the wild heart of Brazil. Embark with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris on a journey that transcends the ordinary, where each moment is a step closer to nature’s profound beauty and mystery.

Reserve your spot for “Brazil: Pantanal’s Big Five” in August 2025 and be part of a story that continues to unfold. Together, let’s create memories that will inspire for a lifetime.

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January 30, 2024

8:37 pm

Adam Walter

https://cheesemans.com/blog/a-polar-expedition-to-remember-exploring-antarctica-south-georgia

A Polar Expedition to Remember:
Exploring the Antarctic

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula Peninsula
October 19 - November 10, 2023

Journey Beyond the Edge of the World: The Epic of South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

In October and November 2023, a group of intrepid travelers embarked on a voyage that would etch the raw beauty of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula into their memories forever. Led by Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris and meticulously documented by Katlyn Taylor, this expedition promised an unparalleled adventure into the heart of the Southern Ocean’s wildest regions, leaving participants with unforgettable experiences and rave reviews.

Unforgettable Highlights

  • Wildlife Wonders: From the vast colonies of king penguins in South Georgia to the diverse avian life, including the endangered gray-headed and wandering albatross, the trip offered unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Participants also encountered five penguin species, numerous whale species, and various seals in their natural habitats.
  • Expert Guidance: With 15 polar specialists aboard, the voyage was enriched with lectures, workshops, and guided excursions, deepening the understanding and appreciation of the fragile ecosystems encountered.
  • Community and Conservation: A highlight was the collective experience of adventure, learning, and the shared commitment to conservation, underscored by the onboard charity auction raising funds for Polar Citizen Science Collective, Friends of South Georgia Island, and Whales of Guerrero.
Plancius Stanley Harbor Falklands © Milo Burcham
Plancius
© Milo Burcham

Embarking from Punta Arenas

The journey began in Punta Arenas, Chile, a historic gateway to the Antarctic. This vibrant city, rich in indigenous and colonial history, served as the perfect launching pad for our expedition. As travelers gathered, anticipation buzzed through the air, fueled by the promise of witnessing Earth’s last unspoiled wildernesses. Participants like Paul Luehrmann, who hailed this as his fourth journey into the Southern Ocean with Cheesemans’, praised the exceptional quality of the MV Plancius and its crew, highlighting the trip as the best yet in terms of wildlife encounters and onboard expertise.

Navigating the Falklands and the Southern Ocean

Our first significant stop was the Falkland Islands, a windswept archipelago with a complicated geopolitical history and a haven for birdlife. Here, amid the howling winds of RAF Mount Pleasant and the rugged beauty of Stanley Harbor, we prepared for the wonders that lay ahead. The Falklands offered our first taste of the Southern Ocean’s wild, unbridled nature, setting the stage for the incredible wildlife spectacles to come.

Southern Elephant Seals© James Lee
Southern Elephant Seals
© James Lee

South Georgia: A Wildlife Haven

South Georgia was a highlight, a place where the spectacle of nature unfolds in its most dramatic form. Amid the challenges and committed diligence of navigating highly pathogenic avian influenza restrictions, we witnessed the raw power of southern elephant seal battles, the tenderness of penguins nurturing their young, and the awe-inspiring sight of massive king penguin colonies against a backdrop of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Traveler Gloria Freund described this first exposure to South Georgia as a “magnificent, fill you up experience,” emphasizing the unhurried opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife behaviors in captivating ways.

Antarctic Peninsula: Early Spring Wonders

The early spring of the Antarctic Peninsula revealed a world coming to life after the long polar winter. Icebergs dotted the Weddell Sea, and lone emperor penguins graced the ice floes. Our days were filled with Zodiac cruises past iceberg graveyards, landings on islands teeming with penguins, and quiet moments watching whales navigate icy waters. Georgia Struhsaker recounted the pre-trip extension to the Falkland Islands as a “wildlife photographer’s dream come true,” setting the tone for the exceptional experiences that followed in South Georgia and Antarctica.

Chinstrap Penguin© Max Salfinger
Chinstrap Penguin
© Max Salfinger

Challenges and Triumphs

Navigating the Southern Ocean is never without challenge. From the unpredictable weather to the risk of ice, our journey was a testament to the resilience of both the crew and passengers. Yet, it was these very challenges that underscored the beauty and fragility of these remote places. Our experiences, from the decks of the Plancius to the silent majesty of icebergs in the moonlight, reminded us of the preciousness of the natural world.

Conservation and Reflection

As we journeyed through these pristine environments, the importance of conservation was unabating. The specter of avian influenza and the visible impacts of climate change served as stark reminders of the threats facing these wilderness areas. Our journey was not just an adventure but a call to action—a reminder of our responsibility to protect these last wild places.

A Voyage to Remember

As our expedition drew to a close, we reflected on the incredible journey we had undertaken. From the rugged beauty of South Georgia to the ethereal landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, we had witnessed nature in its most raw and unfiltered form. The memories of this voyage, the wildlife we encountered, and the landscapes we explored will stay with us forever, a reminder of the beauty and fragility of our planet. The positive reviews from our travelers, including the detailed testimonials of those who were moved by the experience, underscore the transformative power of this expedition.

Cooper Bay© Daniel Ginsberg
Cooper Bay
© Daniel Ginsberg

Traveler Testimonials

  • Paul Luehrmann: “This was my fourth trip into the Southern Ocean with Cheeseman’s… The MV Plancius and its crew were first rate… Hugh Rose is an amazing expedition leader… The sense of wonder they displayed was terrific and motivating… This was what made the trip really worthwhile.”
  • Georgia Struhsaker: “Pre-trip extension to Falkland Islands was incredible; it’s a wildlife photographer’s dream… The expedition to South Georgia and Antarctica was awesome; Cheeseman’s made good on its promise to get us out there with the wildlife… The Plancius and her crew were well suited to this journey.”

A Call to Adventure

For those captivated by visions of ice-bound landscapes and the echo of the wild, the South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula trip in 2025 awaits.

Are you ready to heed the call?